SAINT LEO, Fla. – Saint Leo senior Rafal Matuszczak was named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Cross Country/Track First Team Academic All-America when the full list of Academic All-America teams was released Thursday.
Matuszczak, who earns Academic All-America honors for the first time, becomes the fourth Saint Leo Cross Country/Track athlete to earn CoSIDA Academic All-America honors, the third male, and marks the third time in the past three years the Lions have landed a runner on the All-America team.
The Wschowa, Poland native, claimed All-America honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) at the 2016 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships, becoming the first men's cross country All-American in Saint Leo history. He finished 39th overall at the national championship meet, completing the 10K course in 31:19.5.
Matuszczak finished sixth overall at the 2016 NCAA Division II South Region Cross Country Championship, clocking a time of 31:55.8 on the 10K course. That finish earned him USTFCCCA All-South Region honors for the second straight year.
During this spring's outdoor track season, Matuszczak was a provisional qualifier to the 2017 NCAA track championships in the 10,000m.
The 2016-17 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Men's Track/Cross Country Academic All-District teams are selected by the districts' sports information directors to recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.
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